According to a report in today's Sunday Independent, our Minister for Defence states that Israel are entitled to
tender and win contracts for equipment for our Defence Forces.
Shatter won't rule out buying more weapons from Israel - National News - Independent.ie
An extract from the report in the Sunday Independent states:
'The Israeli arms industry has done well in securing conracts in Ireland.
In one of the more recent successes a company based in Haifa, Elbit Systems Ltd, won a multi-million euro contract to supply surveillance equipment for a new fleet of RG-32M armoured vehicles built in South Africa.'
and then goes on to list several other military linked contracts secured by Israeli companies.
Shatter stated according to the newspaper 'that central to the procedures was the requirement to allow fair competition between suppliers after tenders are advertised on the e-tenders website or the European Defence Agency's electronic bulletin board.
"Such tender competitions are open to any individual company or country in accordance with the terms of all UN, OSCE, and EU arms embargos or restrictions. "There are no such restrictions or embargoes in place on Israel or Israeli companies," Mr Shatter said.'
I personally feel very uncomfortable with this type of reasoning.
It seems to ignores the fact that Israel 'defence forces' do not apparently have any qualms in using false Irish passports in operations to assassinate their perceived opponents. Is our Minister, for reasons best known to himself, blind to Israel's questionable and highly controversial actions?